The Tesla-Ford partnership was announced through Twitter Spaces by Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Beginning in 2025, Ford’s second-generation EVs will be fitted with Tesla’s charging port, known as the North American Charging Standard.
This will offer them access to 12,000 Tesla Superchargers in the United States and Canada, which is quadruple the number Ford customers presently enjoy. Farley appreciated Tesla’s Supercharger locations, the dependability of the routing algorithms, and the simplicity of use of Tesla’s connection. Despite competing against one another, the two CEOs have remained cordial at times.
In response to Farley’s observation that creating a “fully software updatable vehicle” is “super hard,” Musk stated that Tesla would be pleased to “be helpful on the software front” and may “open source more code” to manufacturers.
Farley also inquired about Tesla’s planned lithium refinery in Corpus Christi, which is noteworthy given that Ford has just negotiated a number of agreements to safeguard its own access to lithium. Ford and Tesla both saw their stock prices rise by more than 7%.